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Maria
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This is a small waterfall in the Black Forest region of Germany. It's located in a beautiful setting with lovely rocks, wild mushrooms, etc.  In the right conditions (with fog or mist) this place has a lot of potential, it could look very mysterious and attractive like from a fairy tale, but in both times that I went there, the conditions were nothing special, so my images came out quite boring.  Since I really wanted to have an image from that place, I decided to add the missing magic (or at least part of it) in post processing.  I hope I managed to do that, but if not, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Here is what I did to process this image:
 
In ACR
As with all my images, the main things I did in Camera Raw are:
1.  I made sure that my dark exposure has all the missing details in the bright areas, where missing, I used the Recovery option.  
2.  On the bright exposure I made sure that all the underexposed spots have details, if not I used Fill Light to reveal those missing details.
3.  I removed CA on both exposures
4.  I reduced sharpening to zero, since I prefer to do all my sharpening at the end in PS using the option in Raya Pro. 
 
In PS
1.  I used Raya Pro 2.0 to Stack, Align and Quick Blend the 2 exposures
2.  I used Selective Color
     a.  To make the greens darker and warmer by increasing the magenta, yellow and black, and reducing the cyan in the greens.
     b.  To make the yellows warmer and lighter by decreasing the cyan and blacks in the yellows.
     c.  To make the reds more red by increasing the magenta in the reds.
     d.  To make the waterfall warmer by reducing the cyan and increasing the yellow in the cyans.
3.  I darkened the exposure using RP 2.0 Enhance/Enhancements/Darken Exposure.  I deleted the mask that was automatically added. I generated the Highlights with RP from the Dodge and Burn section, inversed the selection and added it as a mask to the generated Darken Exposure layer, so that the highlights in the vegetation (only) will not get darker. 
4.  I used the Glow Free option in RP to add a subtle glow over the waterfall 
5.  I generated a Highlights layer from the Dodge and Burn section of RP and dodged a bit the vegetation throughout the image.
6.  Added Orton using RP 2.0
7.  Reduced noise using RP 2.0
8.  Sharpened and resized using RP 2.0
 
Here attached is the final result.  I'll attach in the next post also the "Before" version for comparison.

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 29/06/2020 8:30 pm
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Maria
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And here is the "Before" version obtained after blending the 2 exposures but before doing the rest of the processing mentioned above.

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 29/06/2020 8:30 pm
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What a wonderful transformation. Well worth the effort! (Thanks for the before and after)

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Posted : 30/06/2020 3:34 am
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Maria
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@kwicpicz  Thank you so much for checking out the before and after versions. I thought it would be the best way to show what resulted from doing all that.  
Cheers,

 

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 4:07 am
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Lars Madsen
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Really good picture with a nice depth and soft water.

Nice with a good explanation for editing the image.

Danish landscape photographer.

Shoot with Pentax.

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Posted : 30/06/2020 6:58 am
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Taff
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Brilliant image, thanks for sharing your workflow too.

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Posted : 30/06/2020 9:59 am
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Musho
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Amazing shot!!!

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Posted : 30/06/2020 5:44 pm
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Tomas
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Chapeau Maria, I like a lot your final result .

I have tried to follow your process but point nr 2 is confusing to be ( I am not at expert on PS, usually with LR is enough ).

Would you be so kind to explain your process a little bit more to me ? 
Even in private if you like.

Thanks in advance

Tomas

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Posted : 30/06/2020 6:41 pm
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محمد دربي
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Wonderful and outstanding work

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Posted : 30/06/2020 8:04 pm
Maria
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@lars-madsen Thank you Lars, I appreciate that

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 8:20 pm
Maria
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@taff  Thank you Taff

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 8:20 pm
Maria
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@musho Thank you!

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 8:21 pm
Maria
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@mohammed-derby  Thanks Mohammed

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 8:21 pm
Maria
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Posted by: @tomas

Chapeau Maria, I like a lot your final result .

I have tried to follow your process but point nr 2 is confusing to be ( I am not at expert on PS, usually with LR is enough ).

Would you be so kind to explain your process a little bit more to me ? 
Even in private if you like.

Thanks in advance

Tomas

Hi Tomas,

Thank you so much.  I could not figure out how to post a private reply, so I'm just replying here as usual.  This reply is unrelated to Raya Pro, so I hope Jimmy doesn't mind.  🙂

Number 2 (Selective Color) is all about the colors in the image, the hues of the colors, the darkness/brightness of the colors, etc  The Selective Color tool in PS is what I used but similar (or better) color results can be obtained in Camera Raw and I'm sure in Lightroom, as well.  

After you generate the Selective Color adjustment layer (in my version of PS is under Menu/Image/Adjustments/Selective Color), you will see in the properties panel that opens up, under Colors a drop down list where you can select reds, yellows, greens, cyans, blues, etc. 

Below the drop down list there are a set of sliders identified with cyan, magenta, yellow and black.  This means that you can adjust the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow and black that goes in each color.

For example, if Greens are selected from the drop down list, which is what I mentioned in number 2a., and if below you move the cyan slider to the left to (lets say) -75, the magenta slider to the right to +100, and the black slider to the right to +100, you will see that now, the Greens in the image are not so bright green anymore, but they are more like olive green.

Similarly, as mentioned on number 2b., if you select from the drop down list Yellow for colors, and you move the cyan slider to the left to -100 and the black slider to the left to -25 you will notice that the yellow leaves in the 2 trees in the image will now look more like a peach yellow and not bright lemon yellow anymore.

Same for 2c and 2d.

One more thing that I want to mention is that while you can use a single Selective Color adjustment layer to adjust all colors, I actually used 4 such adjustments layers, one for each of the colors that I adjusted, so that I can add a mask for each layer to mask parts of the image that I did not want to be affected.

In the screenshot attached you can see the properties panel of the Selective Color adjustment layer that I'm talking about, in case I wasn't clear enough.

 

Maria

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Topic starter Posted : 30/06/2020 8:40 pm
loki
 loki
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stunning work!

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Posted : 30/06/2020 10:21 pm
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